Contact the Centre

Interested students and industry workers should contact the Centre.


Telephone: +61 (08) 8302 2874




Perfect time to add to the "explosion of knowledge" in child protection

Professor Arney discusses how the ability to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children, at an early career stage, coupled with an "explosion of knowledge" into the causes and methods of preventing and tackling child abuse and neglect, makes now a perfect time for students to consider careers in child protection. Learn more





Study with us

The Centre has developed strong career pathways for graduates and Honours students, offering unique and relevant opportunities for those seeking careers related to child protection policy and practice.

The activities offered by the Centre under our study program provide students and experienced clinicians with opportunities to strengthen their applied research skills, become familiar with child maltreatment research and its methods and paradigms, and to interact with expert researchers.

In 2013, each of our four Honours students achieved a First Class Honours result for their research projects and our students gave presentations at the Australian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Melbourne.

Under professional supervision our students learn how to apply what they learn in the Centre to a much wider interdisciplinary field and to forge industry links which demonstrate the practical outcomes and benefits of applied research.

The Centre's staff includes diverse research academics with wide interdisciplinary expert knowledge.

Students and interested industry workers should contact the Centre directly on +61 (08) 8302 2914, or email:

PhD students

The aim of the PhD Scholars Group is to nurture a new cohort of child protection researchers who are able to make a future contribution to the work of the Centre and to the child protection field more generally.

We encourage prospective PhD students to visit the UniSA Postgraduate study page.

Our expert staff can also be contacted to discuss projects and supervision.

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Honours students

 The Australian Centre for Child Protection offers Honours supervision to Psychology and Social Work Honours students. Psychology (Honours) and Social Work (Honours) is offered by the University of South Australia.

The Honours year commences in  February.

For more information on the Centre's supervision of Honours students, please contact Olivia Octoman: (08) 8302 1411.

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Vacation Research Scholarships

Summer student internships at the Centre are offered under the UniSA Summer Vacation Research Scholarships program.
The aim of the Centre's internships program is to provide pathways for 3rd year students or professionals considering a career in research into Honours, PhD or Masters research projects that have a child protection focus.

Vacation Research Scholarships are offered annually by the University of South Australia to students with a strong academic record. The scholarships provide students with the opportunity to work with experienced researchers in a recognised research centre within UniSA, such as the Australian Centre for Child Protection, for a period of up to 8 weeks.
Students are expected to participate in an ongoing research project or to undertake a substantial piece of supervised research work, which may result in a report or paper, possibly for publication.
The scholarships provide a stipend of $300 per week and are undertaken between November and February.

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Industry Placements 

The Australian Centre for Child Protection aims to promote and facilitate evidence-informed child protection practice and policy making. To this end, research placements at the Centre are offered to experienced clinicians and policy-makers to work collaboratively with the Centre researchers on projects involving their organisations where opportunities arise to do so.

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Hear from our students

The Australian Centre for Child Protection proudly supports Honours and PhD students interested in expanding, supporting and enhancing the research base for child protection. Hear from past students at the Centre.

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